The TnT Quartet provides a fresh look into the classic trombone & tenor sax frontline repertoire as well as exciting originals. Fueled by the underlying foundation of the hard swinging and funky groove, the beat is considered the most essential element in our group. All the members of the quartet are established, world-renowned musicians in the New Jersey/New York area. They perform prolifically throughout the tri-state area including a weekly stint in Queens Village on Mondays at Soul Exchange.
Peter Lin – trombone
JD Allen – tenor sax
Nic Cacioppo – drums
Ian Kenselaar – bass
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Taiwanese-American trombonist Peter Lin has been recently described by Downbeat Magazine as “solid, fluid, and smooth”. He received his B.A. Music from William Paterson University and MM for Jazz Trombone Studies at Rutgers University. He is currently a faculty member at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. He has studied with jazz legends such as Slide Hampton, Steve Turre, Conrad Herwig, Robin Eubanks, Steve Davis, & Frank Lacy. He has performed with many notable artists including Slide Hampton, Winard Harper, Charli Persip, JD Allen, Valerie Ponomarev, & Radam Schwartz. He recently released an album with The Lintet called “With Respect”, which has peaked at #4 on the RMR Jazz Charts.
After moving to New York City from Detroit, JD Allen played with George Cables, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Frank Foster, Butch Morris, David Murray, and Wallace Roney. Closer to his generation, he has played with Lucian Ban, Cindy Blackman, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Duane Eubanks, Marcus Gilmore, Russell Gunn, Winard Harper, Elisabeth Kontomanou, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeremy Pelt, Eric Revis.
Allen’s first solo album, In Search Of (Criss Cross, 1999), led to his selection as Best New Artist in Italy. In 2002, his second album was chosen a top ten album of the year by Jazziz magazine. Ten years later he was named best composer and best tenor saxophonist in the Critics’ Poll at DownBeat magazine. A critic at NPR picked his album Victory (Sunnyside, 2011) for the number three spot in the top twenty albums of 2011.
Bassist Ian Kenselaar is a proud NJ native. He studied with longtime mentor James Buchanan of Maplewood, NJ, through high school, in addition to studying with Dutch bassist Joris Teepe, saxophonist Bruce Williams, and pianist and organist Mike LeDonne, among others. Ian also studied with bassist Rufus Reid through a fellowship at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute in Illinois in 2017. This past year, Ian worked with saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and vocalist Jay Clayton’s ensembles at Princeton University. Currently living in Jersey City, Ian continues to work in his community and surrounding areas — performing regularly with artists such as drummer Winard Harper and many more.
Drummer and composer Nic Cacioppo grew up in a musical household (mother, father and brother all musicians/educators) As a teenager, he started early playing gigs in Philadelphia. After finishing high school, he moved to Northern New Jersey to attend William Paterson University. Since migrating to New Jersey, he has had the honor of working with world class musicians including Johnny O’Neal, Gene Perla, Slide Hampton, Tyshawn Sorey, and Wallace Roney. He can most commonly be found performing in NJ, NYC, and PA.